Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
February 9, 2014
St. Louis, MO
Isbell and wife, Amanda Shires, performing “Mutineer”
This review is coming in a little late for my tastes, but no one ever said “Timeliness is next to Godliness”. The good news is I capped off my beer consumption at 3-4, so my mind is sparkly clear even three weeks later. So at long last, here is my written account of Jason Isbell live.
February 11th, 2014
Who knew Twitter was good for anything beside trolls and hashtags? As toxic as social media is sometimes, it paid off for me Tuesday when I won two free tickets to Man Man in a random Chicago suburb, Palatine, courtesy of Popstache (who I have written for in the past). Man Man is a Philadelphia foursome influenced by rock’s earliest experimenters:Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, and Frank Zappa, but crossed with a modern indie rock flair. The band is centered around eccentric lead man Honus Honus, who looks like Attila the Hun and sounds like Tom Waits. I went with fellow LxLer Todd and we were both blown away by Man Man’s live show: one of the most dynamic and versatile hour long sets I have seen in a while.
My Bloody Valentine
November 3rd, 2013
Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
Walking through the doors of Aragon Ballroom for Sunday’s My Bloody Valentine show, I knew I was in for a one-of-a-kind show. That’s because for the first time ever, I was actually handed earplugs by the staff at the door and was asked twice by security double-checking that I got my set of earplugs. The reason for this is My Bloody Valentine’s notoriously deafening shows, with the Irish shoegaze band building a sound so large it’s jarring every time it kicks in. The band released its third album earlier this year and its first in 22 years (a smash success by our estimation), and the band delivered cuts off all three albums with equal levels of success.
St. Louis, MO
October 22, 2013
It had been far too long since I had seen a legitimate show, so I was more than a little excited to see Baths at one of my favorite St. Louis venues. In general, The Firebird usually is kind of like seeing a show in your parents’ basement. The ceilings are low, the lights are lower, and there are a couple of stray pinball machines. This glorious basement effect was only heightened for the Baths show because only about 100 people showed up. I usually prefer a more crowded atmosphere, but each and every person attending was fully invested in what Baths had to offer, which added to the intensity of the Baths experience Will Wiesenfeld brings to the stage.
Atoms For Peace
October 2, 2013
Last Wednesday, I had the privilege of witnessing a live Atoms For Peace performance for the second time in my life. The first time I had the pleasure of seeing this rare supergroup perform was at Coachella in 2010. Fellow LxL’er Wes and I were lucky enough to land spots right next to Jay and B (seriously) near the sound stage and were gifted a performance of a lifetime. One that I thought I would never have the opportunity to see again. Luckily, that would not be the case, and after haggling my way into a cheap general admission floor seat, I was gifted that opportunity once again.